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Poster: Hal R Date: Aug 10, 2010 9:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: Blowing up in Hawkeye Country

It was a joy to have them in our town, pop. about 50,000 then. Bob sings "A couple more shots of whiskey those corn-fed fillies start looking good." It was the closest I had ever gone to a show, about a mile from where I was living. I'm sure that lots of folks walked to the show. It made us Hawkeye Deadheads proud that they came to town, kind of a recognition that there were lots of Deadheads in Iowa City.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 11, 2010 4:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: Blowing up in Hawkeye Country

So it was your closest, my farthest :-) Two days' drive, I think (broken by Alpine Valley), so not THAT far, but it seems like it. That must have been so much fun, walking to a show. I've always thought of Iowa City as a nice place to live. I love small college towns anyway, and those "corn-fed" Iowans seemed friendly. Like, they actually smiled at gas stations. That was a surprise to me, coming from the gray grumpy rust belt!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Aug 11, 2010 8:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: Blowing up in Hawkeye Country

Closest I got was the Boston Garden shows. Got to hop on the T (right outside a favorite watering hole) and ride straight into North Station. The ride home was one of the freakier times post-show I've had. A subway car filled to the brim with bugging heads and a few scared looking locals. Got off the train and a short walk later I was home.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Aug 11, 2010 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: Blowing up in Hawkeye Country

SDH-

I was fortunate enough to have Closest to Home be the fantastic Uptown Theatre.

http://www.uptowntheatre.com/

So many great shows... So much need for a complete refurbishment.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 11, 2010 6:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: Blowing up in Hawkeye Country

My first shows were at the Uptown. Gorgeous theater! And it never felt like you were in a huge place. (I wasn't in Chicago when I went to Iowa. That wouldn't have been such a long drive ...) Btw I'm sorry to hear the Uptown has hit upon raggedy times. Hope it gets that rehab; it's a real treasure.


This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-08-12 01:55:57

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